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Hi Everyone,



I've been reading your threads for a couple weeks now and have already learned alot. I thought I'd start a thread of my own since I need all the help I can get. Recently, I bought a 79 cx500C from a neighbor and plan to do it cafe style. The bike runs and is cosmetically pretty good. I plan to strip it down and do the typical cafe mods. So far I've removed the tank, seat, gauges and headlight. Once I remove the engine I'll clean the heck out of it or use my neighbors bead blaster and paint the frame. I'm planning on do alot of the suggestions mentioned on other threads of what to do while the engine is out.

-Replace mechanical seal

-Inspect Adjust Cam Chain Tensioner

-Clean Cabs

-Maybe a new stator

-Replace Radiator Fan

-??? anything else???



My first questions is regarding winterization. He didn't winterize it before I bought it. Currently the bike is in my un-heated poll barn and we're already well below freezing around here. I'll work on the bike there this winter and use a torpedo heater while I'm in there. I'm up to step 3 or 4 of the engine removal section in the shop manual and it says to drain the oil. Is that advised since this barn in not heated and will be in there all winter? I'll post a pic soon.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks,

John
 

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My first questions is regarding winterization. He didn't winterize it before I bought it. Currently the bike is in my un-heated poll barn and we're already well below freezing around here. I'll work on the bike there this winter and use a torpedo heater while I'm in there. I'm up to step 3 or 4 of the engine removal section in the shop manual and it says to drain the oil. Is that advised since this barn in not heated and will be in there all winter? I'll post a pic soon.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks,

John


You can remove the engine without draining the oil, but it is probably easier to do before you remove it. I don't think it would hurt to sit in a cold barn if you drain the oil, if that is what you mean. You will have to drain it anyway before removing the rear cover to access the stator and cam chain.
 

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I agree with Allan -- drain the oil before you pull the motor because then there's space to put a pan under the motor to collect the oil. Once the motor is out and on the bench, the drain plug is about one inch above your work surface. Once the oil is out, you can pull the rear engine cover to get access to the stator. You'll find these motors are easy to work on.
 
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